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New Principal Chosen To Lead Crestview Heights Elementary – Waldport

Michael Gass, New Principal Crestview Heights Elementary Waldport

The Lincoln County School District Board of Directors agreed to extend an offer to Mr. Michael Gass as the new Principal of Crestview Heights Elementary School in Waldport, Oregon. The current Principal Libba Sager will be retiring at the end of this school year. Mr. Gass sent along a biography which highlights his background and experience.

Dr. Karen Gray, Superintendent of Lincoln County School District shared her enthusiasm with the board, “We are thrilled to have Mr. Gass joining the LCSD A-Team (Administrative Team). With his years of experience and proven leadership within all grade levels of education, we know he will be a great fit for Crestview Heights Elementary school and we look forward to working with him when school resumes.”

“Mike Gass, is currently in his fifth year as the Superintendent of Telluride School District. He is working to lead the district to be one of the highest performing in Colorado. Under his direction TSD continues to focus on the whole child and implementing a post-secondary readiness mindset for all students. Telluride is one of two districts to be a District of Distinction every year under the Colorado rating system. In his five years in Telluride Mike has helped the community pass election pieces to support early childhood/infant care and mental health to help curb the community need in these areas.

As the former Eagle County Schools Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, Technology, and Innovative Programs has played many roles in education and leading educational reforms. Mike was a 23 year veteran of the Eagle County Schools. His experience ranges from a teacher in elementary, middle school math and science, high school coach to the Executive Director of Secondary Education. Mike was one of the early charter school principals in Colorado and developed policies at the state and national level for schools of choice. After moving to Gypsum Elementary, Mike helped the school become one of the first to move a staff to the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) model. Nominated as a Milken Educator, Mike has worked to bring the model into a workable form for the schools in the Eagle County School District. Mike has worked with staff on refinement and implementation to grow the model and meet the needs of strategic compensation for teachers and administrators.

In his current role, he continues to look at educational support systems for students and their families. As an innovator, Mike created Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy (VSSA) as an example of true public/private partnership that pushed the boundaries of public education to create a world class opportunity for students. In Eagle County Mike partnered with 27 different agencies to create WAYFINDER, a synchronized a single point of entry concept for students and families resulting in efficiencies for all the participating partners.

With his passion for readying students for post-secondary opportunities, Mike partnered with Colorado Mountain College through the concurrent enrollment program to provide students with over 3000 college credits before graduation. Many of these students complete their Associates of Arts as they graduate from Eagle County Schools entering college often as juniors. His goal is simply to see a system in education that is truly cradle through college!”

Lincoln County School District will communicate about meetings for parents and students of Crestview Heights prior to school starting in the fall to meet Mr. Gass following protocol outlined by Governor Brown.

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